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Freshman Karekin Brooks rushed for 134 yards — including this 61-yarder — and two touchdowns in the first half alone against Lehigh.

Credit: William Snow

BETHLEHEM, PA — This one is a high-scorer, and they're only one half in.

Penn football is locked in a shootout with Lehigh, with both offenses cashing in early to crank the score up to 35-28 at halftime. 

The Quakers lead by one score, but the first half was back-and-forth throughout. Though the Mountain Hawks began with the ball, the Red and Blue's defense came out strong to force and recover a fumble, which the offense duly converted into a touchdown just a few plays later courtesy of a 1-yd run from senior quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie.

Lehigh and Penn then traded touchdowns on the next five possessions to bring the score to a tie at 21. 

But sophomore running back Karekin Brooks — starting for the injured Tre Solomon — broke the deadlock with his second touchdown of the day with five minutes left in the half.

Brooks rushed for 134 yards in the first half, with a 61-yard run capping off a brilliant performance from the rookie. Brooks was prevented from scoring on that play only by the fingertips of a Mountain Hawk defensive back. 

The two teams' offenses both look in fine form as the second half approaches. The final score could easily reach well into the 60s. 

Stay tuned for a final recap after the game. 

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